Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' Schiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday criticized FBI Director James Comey’s “disparate” treatment of President Trump and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE during the 2016 presidential election, saying Comey failed to justify his actions during a Senate hearing earlier in the day.
“Nothing excuses the disparate way he handled those,” Schiff said. "I don’t think in any way he justified both what he did and why he treated those investigations so differently.”
Schiff said Comey only "has a very week argument" for why he chose to notify lawmakers days before the election about the FBI's renewed probe into Clinton's private email server — but not its investigation into Russian election interference.
“What really struck me about his testimony today was that when he posited that the decision he had to make was between ‘speaking out’ or ‘concealing,’ and he used such a loaded term like ‘concealing’ that really in my view undermined the strength of what he was trying to get across,” he said.
Comey earlier Wednesday stood by his controversial decision to send members of Congress a letter alerting them that he wasn't done investigating Clinton's private server, months after announcing she would face no charges.
“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we had an impact on the election,” Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I sat there that morning and could not see a door labeled ‘no action here.' I saw two doors. One was labeled ‘speak’ and one was labeled ‘conceal.’”
Clinton has claimed the news played a role in her loss to Trump.